The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local Sports

August 25, 2013

STEELERS NOTEBOOK| LaRod optimistic, but frustrated by injury

PITTSBURGH — LaRod Stephens-Howling hopes he’s shown enough in training camp to make the Pittsburgh Steelers squad, but the Greater Johns-town graduate definitely would like to get back on the field.

Stephens-Howling sat out the Steelers’ 26-20, overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night at Heinz Field. It was the second consecutive game that he was sidelined by a knee injury that he said is improving.

“It’s definitely tough,” Stephens-Howling said. “You want to put as much good film out there as you can, and I feel like I haven’t been getting a lot of film lately because I’ve been sitting out. I can’t wait to get back.”

Stephens-Howling, who spent his first four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, feels like he has a good chance of making the Steelers’ 53-man roster in his firsrt  season with his hometown team.

“I feel I do, but I need to put some more film out there,” he said.

Stephens-Howling is likely to be a third-down back for the team, which drafted Le’Veon Bell to supplement a position that lost Rashard Mendenhall in the offseason. But Bell and Isaac Redman also sat out Saturday night’s game, giving Felix Jones, who was acquired from Philadelphia last week, a chance to play. He carried eight times for 29 yards against the Chiefs.

“It’s been rough,” Stephens-Howling said. “We’ve had some guys dropping down, but that’s part of your position. You’ve got to pick up where the next guy left off. We’re trying to stay strong.”

Stephens-Howling is hoping to play in the Steelers’ final preseason game on Thursday night at Carolina.

q  q  q

First things first: The Steelers’ first-team offense ended its touchdown woes – sort of. Ben Roethlisberger’s 13-yard scoring pass to Jonathan Dwyer marked the top unit’s first touchdown of the preseason. Of course, enthusiasm over it was tempered a bit by the fact that the Steelers only needed to drive 21 yards for the score, thanks to a turnover on downs by the Chiefs.

Roethlisberger was 13 of 19 for 166 yards to go along with the touchdown and had a quarterback rating of 113 before being replaced by Bruce Gradkowski to start the second half.

“We did some nice things,” Tomlin said of the first half. “We’re a juggling catch away from it being a very productive half offensively. I’d like to see us win the line of scrimmage more definitively. Not enough in terms of the running game to talk about at the half, but a decent start.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pirates 0417 Pirates power past Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
    Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0417 Jackets preparing for Game 2

    The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    “It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local Sports Briefs

    April 17, 2014

  • racin 0416 Jennerstown Speedway gearing for May open

    Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
    The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘Hawks already building toward next season

    Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.

    April 16, 2014

  • Pirates 0416 Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee

    That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0416 Penguins rally to wear out Jackets

    Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
    Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh’s two-goal deficit.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shelley and McElligot Series serves as reunion for former Chiefs personnel

    Not so long ago, Bob McElligott, like most Western Pennsylvania hockey fans, would savor a long Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run.
    The Somerset native followed the Pens’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Malkin nearing return

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.

    April 15, 2014

  • Reds swing way past Pirates

    Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
    First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night.

    April 15, 2014

AP Video

Do you think that Jack Williams will get the 270 signatures from city residents needed in order to have a referendum placed on a municipal ballot to have the city's pressure test mandate repealed?

I'm not sure
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide